Concepts for Critical Psychology

Disciplinary Boundaries Re-thought

Series Editor: Ian Parker

Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.

The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.

  • Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse

    Knowledge, Power, and the Cultural Conditions of Victimhood

    By Sherianne Kramer

    Female sex abuse (FSA) is a subject of enquiry which has emerged only recently in both psychology and global medico-legal systems. Most of the psychological research and practice, however, has primarily focused on perpetrators, resulting in very limited information on victims. FSA victimhood is…

    Paperback – 2017-05-01 
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  • Feminist Spirituality under Capitalism

    Witches, Fairies and Nomads

    By Kathleen Skott-Myhre

    Critical psychology argues that all ways of knowing involve power relations. Women’s spirituality in the form of witchcraft and sorcery are prime examples of the way modernity and the European colonial project impacted indigenous peoples and women’s ways of knowing. Feminist Spirituality under…

    Paperback – 2017-03-01 
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  • Marxism and Psychoanalysis

    In or against Psychology?

    By David Pavon-Cuellar

    The intellectual traditions initiated by Freud and Marx have enabled a range of scholars to critically reflect upon the ideological foundations upon which modern and now postmodern western societies rest. In this intriguing book, the discipline of Psychology itself is screened through the twin…

    Paperback – 2017-01-06 
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  • Developing Minds

    Psychology, neoliberalism and power

    By Elise Klein

    Development policy makers and practitioners are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to target ‘development’ interventions and the psychological domain is now a specific frontier of their interventional focus. This landmark study considers the problematic relationship between…

    Paperback – 2016-10-04
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  • Rethinking Education through Critical Psychology

    Cooperative schools, social justice and voice

    By Gail Davidge

    Since the very first ‘co-operative’ school opened its doors in 2008, the complicated relations between ‘co-operative’ approaches to schooling and democratic subjectivity remain unexplored. This ground breaking book considers the role of ‘voice’ in co-operative schooling and its place in radical…

    Paperback – 2016-08-25
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  • Deleuze and Psychology

    Philosophical Provocations to Psychological Practices

    By Maria Nichterlein, John R. Morss

    An increasing number of scholars, students and practitioners of psychology are becoming intrigued by the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and of Felix Guattari. This book aims to be a critical introduction to these ideas, which have so much to offer psychology in terms of new directions as well as critique.…

    Paperback – 2016-08-03
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  • The Psychopolitics of Food

    Culinary rites of passage in the neoliberal age

    By Mihalis Mentinis

    The Psychopolitics of Food probes into the contemporary ‘foodscape’, examining culinary practices and food habits and in particular the ways in which they conflate with neoliberal political economy. It suggests that generic alimentary and culinary practices constitute technologies of the self and…

    Hardback – 2016-06-23
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  • Ethics and Psychology

    Beyond Codes of Practice

    By Calum Neill

    This highly original book explores the idea and potential of psychology in the context of ethical theory, and the idea of ethics in the context of psychology. In so doing, it not only interrogates how we come to understand ethics and notions of right behaviour, but also questions the discipline of…

    Paperback – 2016-05-12
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  • Religion and Psychoanalysis in India

    Critical Clinical Practice

    By Sabah Siddiqui

    Religion and Psychoanalysis in India questions the assumptions of an established scientific, evidence-based global mental health paradigm by examining the practices of faith-based healing. It proposes that human beings demonstrate a dual loyalty: to science as faith and faith as science, both of…

    Paperback – 2016-04-22
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  • Radical Inclusive Education

    Disability, teaching and struggles for liberation

    By Anat Greenstein

    Many people who work in education start out with enthusiastic ideals about education as a positive force that can spur change in the life of the learner and in society at large, yet find themselves frustrated with a bureaucratic system that often alienates and excludes many of its students. This is…

    Paperback – 2015-06-29
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  • Race, Gender and the Activism of Black Feminist Theory

    Working with Audre Lorde

    By Suryia Nayak

    Beginning from the premise that psychology needs to be questioned, dismantled and new perspectives brought to the table in order to produce alternative solutions, this book takes an unusual transdisciplinary step into the activism of Black feminist theory. The author, Suryia Nayak, presents a close…

    Paperback – 2014-09-03
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  • Perverse Psychology

    The pathologization of sexual violence and transgenderism

    By Jemma Tosh

    Psychology defines people who take pleasure in the suffering of others as having a form of mental illness, while media representations frame such behaviour as ‘evil’. This is hotly contested territory, not least where sexual violence is concerned – violence which feminist voices argue is related to…

    Paperback – 2014-06-22
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  • The Therapeutic Turn

    How psychology altered Western culture

    By Ole Jacob Madsen

    In what ways has psychology become more influential in Western society? In this book author Ole Jacob Madsen considers the notion of a ‘Therapeutic Turn’ in Western culture – the tendency for psychology to permeate ever new spheres within society. The Therapeutic Turn evaluates the increasing…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30
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  • Self Research

    The intersection of therapy and research

    By Ian Law

    ‘Self research’ is both a therapeutic and a research endeavour that enables the subject of the research to interpret and validate their own data. In Self Research, Ian Law outlines and draws together the theoretical, institutional and practice elements of this work, and offers illustrative examples…

    Paperback – 2013-12-13
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  • Decolonizing Global Mental Health

    The psychiatrization of the majority world

    By China Mills

    Decolonizing Global Mental Health is a book that maps a strange irony. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Movement for Global Mental Health are calling to ‘scale up’ access to psychological and psychiatric treatments globally, particularly within the global South. Simultaneously, in the…

    Paperback – 2013-11-11
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  • Cultural Ecstasies

    Drugs, Gender and the Social Imaginary

    By Ilana Mountian

    In this important contribution to the field, Ilana Mountian critically analyses discourses surrounding drug addiction, drug prohibition, treatment and prevention, and highlights new ways of understanding the role that gender plays in the ethics of drug use across cultures. The book analyses the…

    Paperback – 2012-09-27
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  • Psychologisation in Times of Globalisation

    By Jan De Vos

    Today more than ever, our understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us is described in psychological terms. Psychologists deeply influence our society, and psychological-discourse has invaded companies, advertising, culture, politics, and even our social and family life. Moreover,…

    Paperback – 2012-05-14
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  • Surviving Identity

    Vulnerability and the Psychology of Recognition

    By Kenneth McLaughlin

    Today, political claims are increasingly made on the basis of experienced trauma and inherent vulnerability, as evidenced in the growing number of people who identify as a "survivor" of one thing or another, and also in the way in which much political discourse and social policy assumes the…

    Paperback – 2011-10-24
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